May 13, 2012 11:30am EDT
, the united states, maybe 10 years, helping the afghan forces do the job for themselves. it is important to show people that we didn't just cut and run after the fundamental defeat of al-qaeda and the taliban, but peter, will we see that kind of unity coming out of the summit? >> the summit has a habit of bringing a level of unanimity. it will keep the focus on accomplishing the mission on the ground and not generate into a rush for the exit. so i think things are on track to do that but it is important to keep that focus. >> when you talk about the exits, you can't help but think of sarkozy's decision to move with the draw dates of 2013 and now you have illan who is going to be inaugurated who said we should leave at the end of 2012, a year earlier. how does that complicate the situation and does that put france in the position of being a spoiler again? >> i don't think so. it is just one country among 28 to begin with. secondly, we don't know what the new french president will really do now that he is elected. he will be in office three days when he shows up in chicago. the french went
May 6, 2012 11:30am EDT
with relatively meager expendture an enemy is imposing enormous cost on the united states and its allies. what have we gotten for the huge investment that we've made, but moreover, how do we fundamentally change the equation to start imposing greater costs on our enemies? >> well, i would say we've given our commanders freedom of maneuver and that's what i tell my organization is our purpose. they have to operate in an ied environment but ensure they have free of maneuver to get to those villages to conduct operations. and i would tell you that's what i think we've given them. it is the weapon of choice. and as i said, we are operating in this ied environment and it's tough, and we have to continue to adapt and evolve to be able to do that. but as we look to the future, we have to figure out a way to drive up their costs and drive down ours. as i talk to our industry partners, and as we talk about the future and some of our needs for the future, i tell them it's gotta be affordable. their business model is crushing ours when for a couple hundred dollars they can produce six to eight ieds, isn'
May 27, 2012 11:30am EDT
afghanistan now. since the last time we met, the president has said that the united states is going to stay until 2024. that's sends a message to america's allies that america isn't going to cut and run after this. however right it may be, that's going to be political tenable. >> i don't think anybody knows what's going to happen in 2024. predictions difficult, especially as what mark twain said about the future. my view on afghanistan is we'll be out of there in the middle of 2013 except for advisers and we'll save some advisers behind, do some training and quickly that program will not have support in the congress of the united states. >> there is some regrets on both sides of the aisle about the inability to reach an agreement in iraq and have some sort of long-term presence that was small and manageable, not the size of germany, as long as it budgettarily makes sense, i think there would be a push on both sides to make it work. >> this is the first time nato has ever led a mission outside of the north atlantic region and they've been there for over 10 years. that tells you there's somet